Books bought for pennies from libraries anxious to shed themselves of cracked and aged tomes. But they're in better shape than most 200/300-year old beings.
The Seven Wives of Bluebeard: A True Family Story
Published by L. T. (Ludwig Tieck) 1797
With its foxed pages and fading and broken cover, not to mention its sweet, aged scent, the book manifests time.
Weimar, 1828. Two years before Goethe died. The book is a physical connection to a time and place accessible only by tangible objects (the ideas in the book, of course, are a connection of a different sort).